Category Archives: Political economy

Postwar economic growth under central planning

I am posting here a little graph I plotted using data from Maddison’s standardized data on historical economic growth. The graph compares average regional per capita GDP in what can be considered two poor to middle-income developing regions after World

Postwar economic growth under central planning

I am posting here a little graph I plotted using data from Maddison’s standardized data on historical economic growth. The graph compares average regional per capita GDP in what can be considered two poor to middle-income developing regions after World

Mass protests in Bosnia – it’s the economy, stupid!

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s political establishment has been rocked by a popular uprising that has swept the country. The chain of events began on February 6th in the northeastern industrial city of Tuzla, when some 6,000 workers from five factories, Dita,

Mass protests in Bosnia – it’s the economy, stupid!

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s political establishment has been rocked by a popular uprising that has swept the country. The chain of events began on February 6th in the northeastern industrial city of Tuzla, when some 6,000 workers from five factories, Dita,

Is China already part of the industrial core?

My occasional forays into economic theory have led me to the intriguing work of Adolph Löwe, in particular his 1976 book The Path of Economic Growth (Cambridge University Press). Being a sociologist, I have very little knowledge of how Löwe’s

Is China already part of the industrial core?

My occasional forays into economic theory have led me to the intriguing work of Adolph Löwe, in particular his 1976 book The Path of Economic Growth (Cambridge University Press). Being a sociologist, I have very little knowledge of how Löwe’s

Components of economic growth and rentier capitalism in Kosovo

[NOTE: Below is a Google translate version, edited and corrected by myself, of my original Albanian posting on the components of economic growth and rentier capitalism in Kosovo. It is not the best translation, and it is probably not the

Components of economic growth and rentier capitalism in Kosovo

[NOTE: Below is a Google translate version, edited and corrected by myself, of my original Albanian posting on the components of economic growth and rentier capitalism in Kosovo. It is not the best translation, and it is probably not the

Export profile of Balkan states and Turkey (visual)

Following up on my post on the Balkans and the international trade network, the image below is a graphical representation of the export profile of the Balkan states and Turkey (as a bonus!) in 2011, based on Eurostat data. If

Export profile of Balkan states and Turkey (visual)

Following up on my post on the Balkans and the international trade network, the image below is a graphical representation of the export profile of the Balkan states and Turkey (as a bonus!) in 2011, based on Eurostat data. If

The Balkans and the global trade network (visual)

Below is a neat little network map I produced with UCINET using trade data from Eurostat on global trade ties of the states of the so-called “Western Balkans.” (I am not a big fan of this term, as it is

The Balkans and the global trade network (visual)

Below is a neat little network map I produced with UCINET using trade data from Eurostat on global trade ties of the states of the so-called “Western Balkans.” (I am not a big fan of this term, as it is

Why don’t they pay their bills? Cultures of non-cooperation and distrust

I believe historical sociology is at its best not only when it can explain events in the past, but when it can elucidate long-term structures that continue to determine the limits (and potentials!) of collective action and choice in the

Why don’t they pay their bills? Cultures of non-cooperation and distrust

I believe historical sociology is at its best not only when it can explain events in the past, but when it can elucidate long-term structures that continue to determine the limits (and potentials!) of collective action and choice in the